One of THOSE!
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Turks and Caicos Islands
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Re: Old antenna mystery
It's not connected to anything presently on the boat. I don't need it. It's not in use at all. Previous owner had boat for six years, and he didn't know what it was, either. I asked him when we bought the boat up at NAS-JAX in 2012. He is retired USCG and didn't recognize it, and said it was on the boat when he got it. So that's probably at least ten years it's been up there disconnected.
The only radio system I removed from the boat was an iCom SSB, with antenna tuner and unused Pactor 1. That's all sitting in storage now in Colorado while I try to figure out whether it's worth even keeping. I also took off a six man life raft, two Baby Blake heads, and a bunch of other stuff that had accumulated under previous owners.
The battered and melted thing on the left in this photo is what was the VHF antenna. Apparently they don't much like lightning strikes. The tricolor, the VHF, the wind instruments, and this mystery antenna are all dysfunctional. Further down the mast, the radar, steaming light, and deck light were fried, as well. Hey, the anchor light still works.
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